Finger Lakes Beverage Center
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4.02/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great beer store, stopped in on my trip to Ithaca.
Bit of an industrial warehouse look to it. 5-6 aisles of all craft beers. Packs can be broken up into singles, no problem. Every typical craft beer you can think of is here, along with a few more choice selections scattered throughout. No service to speak of- not bad or good, just none. No help in selecting my brews, even though I didn't really need it. Cashier seemed friendly enough, though. Prices were ok, not great, not bad.
01-27-2014 21:14:32 | More by GreesyFizeek
2.4/5 rDev -47.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.25 | $$$$
This is not that great a place and I do not understand the high reviews. First of all the store is dark, deliberately, so you cannot see the hand written tags some of which are missing and you have to ask "how much is this?": The fact that there is no price at all on some of the major displays should be a red flag warning. They have a no refund policy on a sign up front and that tells me that they have old beer. They have very old beer. The brew dog was dated best by 1/2013. I bought from their imports section and everything was stale and awful. The stuff they have up front from the bruery is clearly labelled with a date of march 2013, and according to http://freshbeeronly.com/The_Fresh_Beer_List.html that is the best buy date and they try to hawk it anyway through intimidation at the cash register. Many of their items are almost a third more than at wegmans, specifically the brooklyn large bottles . Some of their singles are $4 and mysteriously blurred dates on uinta and sixpoint , oskar blues, nrragansett and other cans. Not a good experience. Wegman's takes all refunds no questions asked.
07-13-2013 14:22:44 | More by utopiajane
4.3/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Lots of beers in a very small space. You might have to squeeze by someone or even wait until they're finished before you can look at the beers. Not super well organized but not bad.
Many top quality beers here. Lagunitas, Stone, AleSmith, Founders, Dogfish Head. I'm fairly certain that you can get everything as a single if you choose to. They have a small refrigerated section and a cheap section.
Employees weren't that friendly unless they know you already but they were very knowledgeable and knew where everything was.
They have a growler bar with some interesting things on tap. Dogfish Head Bitches Brew was up last time I checked. The bar guy was very willing to talk about each one and let you sample them.
Prices are pretty normal to a bit high for some beers but the prices were mostly reasonable overall.
03-03-2013 02:16:40 | More by VaporDome
4.04/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Agree with others who have spoken of the selection: it's fantastic, even if not clearly organized. You have to browse the various narrow isles to find out what they have.
The quality of the beer in house is way high: lots of top-shelf beer. But also a wall, and I think an entire room, of college get drunk fast and taste nothing beer. Fine, sell to your local demographic, but a lot of gross shit there.
The service, well, was... fine. Nobody approached me. A couple people sort of looked my way, but then ignored me.
No food that I saw.
A very interesting looking growler bar, and I wish I'd had a growler handy.
The value, well... the usual upstate beers that are solidly priced, were solidly priced: Middle Ages, Ithaca, etc. The out of towners were somewhat to quite expensive. This is not a value buy place.
My biggest complaint was the VERY limited selections that are refrigerated: if you want me to pay $18 for a bomber or $22 for a corker and caged 750ml, can you at least have some of it refrigerated?
I accept that it might very well be the best place in Ithaca. But a 100, World Class? Nope.
12-09-2012 20:40:53 | More by warmstorage
4.71/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Can't believe I've never reviewed this place. Been there multiple times while travelling through Ithaca.
The service is great, within a minute or two of browsing a worker asks me if I need help. At first I thought it was because I'm a twenty-something young looking lad. However one time my grandparents were going to Ithaca (who could pass up a free hour long ride to get beer) and I stopped in with them. Workers asked both my grandparents if they needed help. Great service.
Selection is amazing. Singles are offered, they seem to get the more sought after releases; Nugget Nectar, 120 Min (not that rare but nice to see them getting good amounts).
There is also a glassware shelf that sells all sorts of glassware.
They have a growler system, I can not speak to what they have/rotation. All I know is that one time they did a a Southern Tier Draft Only beer, so one could guess they get a decent selection.
06-13-2012 15:18:58 | More by rlee1390
4.88/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Everything the previous reviewers say regarding range, quality, etc. is true. The Belgian section is outstanding. I've been going there for years. Mostly, this review is in response to another review stating they seem not to have some particular regional micros they really ought to stock. Three Floyd's was mentioned (with good reason). I've asked forThree Floyd's, as well as Russian River. In both instances the owner was as bummed as I that they were unable stock those beers. Basically, if there is a microbrewery with a good reputation and they don't have it on hand, there is a business reason preventing it.
05-08-2012 05:52:21 | More by mobius024
4.88/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I thought I had been to good beer stores. I was wrong. This is close to the platonic form of a beer store. The selection is hugely extensive, well organized, and reasonably priced. Bottles are available in packs or as singles, and most beers are carried in multiple sizes if available. From Brewers I've never heard of to beer's I haven't heard of from Brewers you'd have to be on mars not to have heard of, this place has damn near everything you could want- my only complaint is that there seems to be a focus on imports at the expense of some less common domestic micros, especially those coming out of the midwest (Three Floyds, unless I missed it, is a glaring example).
02-16-2012 05:06:26 | More by TDRudy
4.44/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped here on a trip to Ithaca.
Heard very good things about the FLBC so I had to stop in and see what all the fuss was about.
Walked in and it is bigger than it looks like from the outside. Aisles upon aisles of beer, glorious beer, I'd say about 6 or 7 aisles in all.
The beer here is very organized, as it is divvied up by region. Belgians, Germans, English and domestic beers all have their own section, clearly delineated.
The selection here is simply amazing. They had items I have never seen anywhere else before. Belgians such as Tsjees, Gouden Carolus, Westmalle.
Tons of domestics Great lakes, Sixpoint, Brooklyn, Troegs, Stoudts, etc. I could drop tons of money at this place, I was glad I stopped in.
Prices are displayed and they break down 6 pack prices as well as single prices. Prices are fair here
11-07-2011 19:15:54 | More by keithmurray
5/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I found out about this place last year. I was going to the local Wegman's to purchase my beer because they were the only place in the area that seemed to have a decent selection. I went to a restaurant on the same street as the Finger Lakes Beverage Center and decided to go in one day.
Looks like your typical store aisles with shelves of beer. In the back is where they have all of the non craft stuff and Soda (their Soda selection is huge as well).
One of the best selections I have seen hands down. They have had everything I have ever wanted and then some.
The nice thing about this place too is that they have a huge selection of singles as well, so you can mix and match to your heart's content.
They also have a really extensive International section which I have yet to scratch the surface of.
Prices are reasonable and the staff is great too. If you need help they will give it. If you don't ask for it they won't bug you like a lot of places do. I just like to browse in peace.
Lastly they always have a few beers on tap which is nice while you are browsing.
If you are in the Ithaca area I would definitely recommend visiting them.
09-08-2011 03:31:32 | More by Durchfall
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
4.16/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere- looks like your average beverage store lost some points (in my book) for having Jimmy Buffet on the speakers and singing along.
Quality looked fine other than when trying to find best by dates and they seemed to have been wiped clear, the guy dusting with a wet cloth could be a culprit.
Service was fine cash guy was friendly no one asked if we needed help which is fine by me.
I think there were 3 or 4 breweries stocked here that we don't get in Buffalo which is why I wanted to stop along with more local things we only see on occasion like horseheads bc.
Some things seemed cheaper than normal and some seemed pricey I'd lean its slightly pricey here but college town best selection I expect a bit of a increase.
also if you're into craft soft drinks this place is jammed full of them it was hard to pick which birch beers I wanted for the ride home. If in Ithaca again I'll stop for sure.
08-01-2011 18:54:38 | More by sliverX
Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY
99 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.